A Faked Kidnapping and Cocaine: A Montana Mine’s Descent Into Chaos

The Signal Peak Mine was embroiled in a web of criminal activity. Now, environmental groups want to shut it down.

#billings-mont, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cattle, #coal, #corporations, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #embezzlement, #firstenergy-corporation, #frauds-and-swindling, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gunvor-group, #internal-sub-only, #mines-and-mining, #montana, #putin-vladimir-v, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #timchenko-gennady-n, #united-states, #water, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Mastermind of Varsity Blues Scandal, Rick Singer, to Be Sentenced

Prosecutors recommended six years in the scheme that undermined college admissions. Mr. Singer asked for a maximum of six months, citing childhood trauma.

#admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #huffman-felicity, #loughlin-lori, #yale-university

Lee Myung-bak, South Korean Ex-President, Receives Pardon

The action by the current president, Yoon Suk Yeol, will release Mr. Lee from a 17-year sentence for bribery and embezzlement and nullify the enormous fines he owed.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #decisions-and-verdicts, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #lee-myung-bak, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #yoon-suk-yeol

The Mysterious Case of the Doctor Who Disappeared at Sea

Dr. Marvin Moy was facing federal prosecution and a bitter divorce, and his life had been in limbo for months. Some immediately wondered if what looked like a boat crash was actually something else.

#atlantic-ocean, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #fire-island-ny, #frauds-and-swindling, #internal-sub-only, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #missing-persons, #moy-marvin-1970, #new-york-city

Bribery Case Cracks Open European Parliament — and Finds Hidden Cash

Prosecutors say the glamorous lifestyle of a European lawmaker masked a Qatari corruption scandal. It exposed how vulnerable Brussels is to foreign influence.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brussels-belgium, #european-parliament, #european-union, #giorgi-francesco, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kaili-eva, #panzeri-pier-antonio, #qatar, #soccer, #thani-tamim-bin-hamad-al, #world-cup-2022-soccer

4 Charged With Corruption in Bribery Inquiry Linked to Qatar

The Belgian authorities announced other charges, including money laundering, in a case involving current and former members of the European Parliament.

#belgium, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #kaili-eva, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #metsola-roberta, #politics-and-government, #qatar, #soccer, #world-cup-2022-soccer

Belgian Inquiry Into Qatar and Bribery Stuns European Parliament

The police detained five people, including former and current members of the body, in a case centered on possible attempts to influence the Parliament’s economic and political decisions.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #european-parliament, #qatar, #world-cup-soccer

Corruption Charges Dismissed Against Ex-Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that prosecutors failed to demonstrate an “explicit quid pro quo” that must underpin the bribery charges against Mr. Benjamin.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #decisions-and-verdicts, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-us

Senator Robert Menendez Faces a New Federal Investigation

The inquiry comes five years after the Justice Department dropped its corruption case against Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biogen Agrees to Pay $900 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Kickbacks

The company was accused of illegally paying doctors to prescribe its drugs over those of its rivals.

#biogen-inc, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cambridge-mass, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whistle-blowers

Contractor at Center of Navy Bribery Scandal Flees House Arrest

Leonard Glenn Francis, who is known as Fat Leonard, was less than three weeks away from his sentencing date when he cut off his GPS anklet and left his home in San Diego, the authorities said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #california, #francis-leonard-glenn, #gilbeau-robert-j, #glenn-defense-marine-asia, #high-net-worth-individuals, #justice-department, #marshals-service, #police-department-san-diego-calif, #san-diego-calif, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marshals-service, #united-states-navy

Former Puerto Rico Governor Arrested on Corruption Charges

Wanda Vázquez, who was defeated for re-election in 2020, is accused of taking bribes to influence a regulatory appointment.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #elections-governors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #governors-us, #politics-and-government, #vazquez-garced-wanda

Will an Investigation of a Former Mexican President Lead to Charges?

After years of promises, many Mexicans fear that the announcement of a corruption probe into Enrique Peña Nieto might be nothing more than a political tactic.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #gertz-manero-alejandro, #institutional-revolutionary-party-mexico, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #morena-mexican-political-party, #pena-nieto-enrique, #politics-and-government, #transparency-international

Bill J. Allen, Alaska Businessman at the Center of Scandal, Dies at 85

He was one of the state’s most powerful figures, but his extensive corruption schemes brought him down — and took several politicians with him.

#alaska, #allen-bill-j, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #deaths-obituaries, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #stevens-ted, #veco-corp

Anaheim Mayor Resigns as F.B.I. Investigates Angel Stadium Deal

Mayor Harry Sidhu has not been charged, but a federal agent has accused him of providing confidential information with the hope of receiving $1 million in campaign aid.

#anaheim-calif, #baseball, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #mayors, #sidhu-harry, #stadiums-and-arenas

Ex-N.Y.C. Shelter Boss Gets Prison Time in $1.2 Million Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera was sentenced to more than two years in prison for accepting kickbacks while running his Bronx homeless shelter organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes

To Keep Putin and His Oligarchs Afloat, It Takes a System

Out of a halting attempt at democratization grew a corrupt ecosystem that has proved very difficult for the Russian elite to resist.

#boats-and-boating, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tuscany-italy, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #yeltsin-boris-n

Former Nassau County Executive Sentenced to 12 Years in Bribery Scheme

Edward P. Mangano and his wife, Linda, were both convicted for their parts in what prosecutors called “a culture of corruption.”

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #mangano-edward-p, #nassau-county-ny, #singh-harendra, #waters-edge-long-island-city-ny-restaurant

The Deep-Pocketed Developer Who Helped Take Down the Lieutenant Governor

Gerald Migdol, a Harlem developer, became the linchpin in a federal investigation that led to the indictment and resignation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #friends-of-public-school-harlem, #friends-of-public-school-harlem-inc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #philanthropy

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Resigns Following Campaign Finance Indictment

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s second in command to Gov. Kathy Hochul, was charged with bribery, fraud and falsification of records while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Arrested in Campaign Finance Scheme

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s No. 2 official to Gov. Kathy Hochul, will face a federal charge that he conspired to commit bribery while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Jovan Vavic in Varsity Blues Scandal Is Found Guilty

Jovan Vavic, the former water polo coach at U.S.C., was accused of taking more than $200,000 in bribes in exchange for designating high school applicants as recruits.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #john-singer, #jovan-vavic, #university-of-southern-california, #water-polo

Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Convicted for His Role in a $4 Billion Fraud

Roger Ng is most likely the only person who will face trial in the United States in connection with a scheme to fleece the loot billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #embezzlement, #extortion-and-blackmail, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #leissner-tim, #low-jho-1981, #malaysia, #money-laundering, #ng-roger

The Key to a $4 Billion Fraud Case: A Banker Who Says He ‘Lied a Lot’

Only one person is likely to ever face trial in the United States over the looted billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. The case hangs on his former boss at Goldman Sachs.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #frauds-and-swindling, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #leissner-tim, #ng-roger

1MDB Trial Will Take a Break So the Defense Can Study New Documents

Prosecutors in a case involving a former Goldman Sachs executive and a Malaysian fund found 15,000 emails and other documents they need to turn over.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #ng-roger

China’s Anti-Graft Show Is Educational, With Unintended Lessons

A documentary created to celebrate the success of China’s anti-corruption campaign instead has aired the dirty laundry of the Communist Party.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #corruption-institutional, #documentary-films-and-programs, #reality-television

Victor Rivera, N.Y. Shelter Operator, Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera’s guilty plea followed a Times investigation that revealed allegations of sexual abuse and financial misdeeds at his nonprofit organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #strauss-audrey-attorney

Will Juan Carlos, Spain’s Disgraced King, Get a Royal Homecoming?

In the years since Juan Carlos, Spain’s former king, fled the country to escape corruption investigations, some of the cases have been resolved or dropped. Now Spaniards are weighing whether they want him back.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #immunity-from-prosecution, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

South Korea to Pardon Former President Park Geun-hye

The government said it would release Ms. Park on Dec. 31 in the interest of national “reconciliation.”

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #impeachment, #moon-jae-in, #park-geun-hye, #south-korea

Officer Is Charged With Protecting Prostitution Ring in Exchange for Sex

Prosecutors say Wayne Peiffer, a police officer in Brewster, N.Y., had women from sex-trafficking and prostitution rings brought to him at the police station.

#blanca-hernandez-morales, #brewster-ny, #brewster-ny-police-department, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cristian-noe-godinez, #human-trafficking, #jose-facundo-zarate-morales, #luz-elvira-cardona, #peiffer-wayne, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prostitution, #roberto-cesar-cid-dominguez, #sex-crimes

Lamine Diack, Olympics Power Broker Convicted of Taking Bribes, Dies at 88

The former head of the world governing body for track and field was convicted of accepting bribes to cover up a Russian doping scandal.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #deaths-obituaries, #diack-lamine-1933, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2012

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Who Brought Olympics to Brazil, Convicted of Bribery

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was found guilty after a trial that featured claims of rigged votes, gold bars and at least $2 million in payoffs to top sports officials.

#brazil, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cabral-sergio-1963, #diack-lamine-1933, #diack-papa-massata, #international-olympic-committee, #nuzman-carlos-1942, #olympic-games-2016, #soares-filho-arthur-cesar-de-menezes

Ukraine Wants to Be the Crypto Capital of the World

It has to be somewhere. Why not Ukraine?

#bitcoin-currency, #bornyakov-alexander, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chobanian-michael, #corruption-institutional, #entrepreneurship, #kuna-exchange, #kyiv-ukraine, #paterson-shadi, #sawhney-hartej, #ukraine, #virtual-currency

Manuel Chang Will Face Corruption Charges in U.S.

A judge overturned the South African government’s decision to send the minister back to Mozambique, where civil society groups say his political clout will protect him.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #extradition, #manuel-chang, #mozambique, #securities-and-commodities-violations

Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

The downfall of Austria’s onetime political Wunderkind put a spotlight on the cozy, sometimes corrupt, relationship between right-wing populists and parts of the news media.

#advertising-and-marketing, #austrian-peoples-party, #brandstatter-gmbh, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #conservatism-us-politics, #embezzlement, #freedom-party-of-austria, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #media, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-democratic-party-austria, #trump-donald-j

The Varsity Blues Trial: What We’ve Learned About College Admissions

In closing arguments, prosecutors want to focus on bribes, but the ways in which universities cater to rich families is also on trial.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #colleges-and-universities, #high-net-worth-individuals, #interscholastic-athletics, #john-wilson, #singer-william-1960, #university-of-southern-california

Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past

Some executives at nonprofit groups that operate New York City homeless shelters are benefiting from the plight of the people they serve.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #rivera-victor-m-1960

A Cog in the College Admissions Scandal Speaks Out

A former sailing coach who took a plea deal for shuffling bribes to Stanford’s athletic program says his colleagues knew where the money was coming from.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #college-athletics, #sailboats-and-sailing, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #vandemoer-john

Former Georgetown Tennis Coach Agrees to Plead Guilty in Admissions Scandal

Gordon Ernst was accused of taking bribes to designate at least 12 students as recruits, including some who did not play tennis competitively.

#admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #ernst-gordon-1967, #georgetown-university, #singer-william-1960, #tennis

As College Admissions Trial Begins, Parents Claim They Were Duped

The first parents to face trial in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal are casting blame both on Rick Singer, the admissions consultant, and the overall process.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #frauds-and-swindling, #philanthropy, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

Should Giving a Bribe Be Legal?

A former adviser to the Indian government once proposed immunity for people who give “harassment” bribes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #india, #internal-sub-only, #singh-manmohan, #united-states-economy

Guatemala Investigates Claim of Bribe Paid to Its President

A previous inquiry was cut short when the chief anti-corruption prosecutor was fired, but media reports of cash payments have prompted another one.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #sandoval-juan-francisco

Larry Householder, a Former Speaker, Is Expelled from the Ohio House

The 75-to-21 vote to expel Representative Larry Householder came nearly a year after he was charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to bail out a foundering energy company.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #householder-larry, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #money-laundering, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #state-legislatures

Cuomo’s Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery

Gov. Andrew Cuomo distanced himself from the aide, Joseph Percoco, but the governor’s sister and close allies quietly funded the aide’s legal fight.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #competitive-power-ventures-holdings-llc, #corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-mario-m, #howe-todd-r-1960, #madeline-cuomo, #percoco-joseph, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #meat, #revil-hacking-group, #shutdowns-institutional

Guards Smuggled Drugs and Razors Into N.Y.C. Jails, Prosecutors Say

The correction officers are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to sneak contraband into the city’s jails.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corrections-department-nyc, #manhattan-detention-complex, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Spain Turns to Corruption Rehab for Officials Who Can’t Stop Stealing

Con artists and swindlers have long captured headlines in Spain. Now the country has a novel solution: A rehabilitation program aiming to “reinsert” corrupt officials back into society.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spain

Drag Commodity Traders Out of the Shadows

We need strong laws and clear regulations to shed light on this megapowerful sector of the global economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commodities, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #glencore-international-ag, #justice-department, #kabila-joseph, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

‘Bro I Robbed Everyone’: 3 N.Y.P.D. Officers Charged in Bribe Scheme

The officers, one of them retired, funneled work to a tow truck company for kickbacks and sold car crash victims’ personal information, prosecutors say.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc